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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 1, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 1
First-Thursday January 2015  ...
Blues help for the disenfranchised
Michele Lundeen
The holidays are a time for giving. I'm sure many of us dropped money and/or food into a bucket this season as a heartfelt gesture to help those in need. Now that the holidays are over, we need to remember that there are still plenty of disenfranchised people that are hungry, let alone homeless. Please watch our Video of the Week, “Something Ain’t Right,” by JP Soars featuring a song off his new CD, Full Moon Night in Memphis. “This song is really special to me and is about a very relevant issue in everyone's city,” say JP. “We hope that we can bring some light to the homelessness issues everywhere. We could use all your help here to help us spread the word by sharing the video.” ...  Please click here to read more and find several wonderful entities that seek to help the hungry and homeless.
Here's to a promising year for us all! 
Your ever-grateful-editor,
Note: Starting Jan 1, 2015, my e-greeting will be a first-Thursday-of-the-month feature about blues-related community issues and events. Birthdays now appear under "Intros and Outros..." 
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CD & DVD Releases
You Keep the Money - Brand New Year, Brand New Album, Great New Vibe!
A would-be bluesman: “You know, I should get paid.”
Tas Cru: “Yes son, you should. Welcome to the blues.”
This is an actual exchange between Tas and a young man (grandson of Delta bluesman, T-Model Ford) that took place after the kid had jumped on stage with his tambourine. You Keep the Money, is dedicated to every bluesman and woman who has learned the hard truth that making honey doesn’t always make you money.
This latest album by acclaimed singer-songwriter, Tas Cru is without question a portrait of this artist at his peak Read more details here...
Click to play"You Keep The Money"
News Flash
Napa’s Uptown Theater gets the blues in March
NAPA, CA - The Official Blues Brothers Revue is coming Friday, March 6th 2015 to Uptown Theatre Napa. The Official Blues Brothers Revue, presented by Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Musical Director Paul Shaffer, combines the comedy and hits from the original Blues Brothers movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel, and soul music. Hear all of The Blues Brothers classics such as “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’” by Jake, Elwood and the band who hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem in this upbeat and uplifting, concert performance that is fun for all ages Read entire article here
Buddy Guy Honored by National Guitar Museum
The National GUITAR Museum announced that Buddy Guy, the pioneering electric blues guitarist who influenced a generation of rock guitarists, is the recipient of its “Lifetime Achievement” Award for 2014.

Buddy is the fifth recipient of the award, following David “Honeyboy” Edwards in 2010, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds in 2011, B.B. King in 2012, and “James Bond" guitarist Vic Flick in 2013.

Guy's work spans more than a half century of electric music, beginning with his arrival on the Chicago blues scene in 1957. “Buddy Guy is the most important link between blues guitar and rock and roll,” says HP Newquist, the executive director of The National GUITAR Museum.
"Blast from The Past" series shares Freddie King
By Erik Otis - SCV is very close to our 500th article in the vintage music “Blast From The Past” series and we have some very special items planned for the continuation into one of our strongest areas on the website. To break in volume 499, we have selected a track off the debut long player from blues icon Freddie King, titled “Lonesome Whistle Blues”. Released in 1961 on Freddy King Sings, the track is filled with an uplifting and raw spirit, containing a mid-tempo rhythm section that bounces with life from start to finish. Freddie King lays down passionate guitar run after run over soul-drenched vocal lines and rolling piano licks. It’s a classic blues piece that has the addition of back-up vocals for an even more dynamic affect then you normally get with blues music of this era. Read entire article here
Cruise News
LRBC #24 Jan 2015 Schedule & Send-Off Party 
Below is info about the January Send-off Party 
 See lineup for LRBC #25 here!
Info: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
Need help?: Email
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE 313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
 More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Detroit Blues Society Goin' to Memphis fundraising concert
The Detroit Blues Society will hold a Goin’ To Memphis fundraising concert on Saturday, Jan. 3, to support local acts the Chris Canas Band, Sweet Willie Tea and Soon2B, who are all competing at this year’s International Blues Competition. The $10 admission will help to defray travel costs. Doors open at 8 p.m. at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Call 248-858-9508 or visit
NOTE: If you're a blues society or a winner of your regional blues challenge please drop us a note at 
so we can share the good news with our readers!!
Blues Foundation News
31st Annual International Blues Challenge Jan 21-24

MEMPHIS, TN - Make plans to experience the 31st annual Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge (IBC's) held January 21-24, 2015, whether it's to support you local representing act or just be in the massive throngs of some of the very top, worldwide, unknown blues talent.
The Keeping The Blues Alive awards luncheon happens January 23, 2015 and it's a wonderful experience, too.
The annual Blues Music Awards and the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame grand opening will follow in May.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Jan 3-4 Radio Show: SOUL REVIVAL

Take a big chunk of electric blues, throw in equal portions of old school gospel, raise it in the country, then take it to the city, then bring it back again. There’s your soul blues, my friends.
Got a soul blues revival for you. This week in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
~ Birthdays of note this week: Jan 1 Frank Stokes (1888), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (1896); Jan 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939), Little Smokey Smothers (1939), Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901); Jan 5 Johnny Adams (1932), Wilbert Harrison (1929), Sam Phillips (1923 founder of Sun Records); Jan 6 Kim Wilson (1951); Jan 8 Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at the legendary Fillmore)
~ Changes: We're starting something new in 2015. The weekly e-Guide editor greeting will now happen only on the first Thursday of the month and will be a feature on a pertinent blues-related community theme and/or that current month's events. Birthday's of note will appear in this section.
As always, we welcome your input. Happy New Year!
If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the Archives here on our website.
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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Not all upcoming blues festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam.
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website.
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests
are paid "Featured" ads
Sandy Beaches Cruise XXI
Saturday - Saturday
Jan-10-2015 - Jan-17-2015, Miami, FL to Antigua & St.Croix on the Norwegian Pearl, Bahamas
Sunshine Music And Blues Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #24
Saturday - Saturday
Jan-17-2015 - Jan-24-2015
Ft. Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Roatan/Honduras, Costa Maya/Mexico, Florida, USA
Winter Blues Fest/21st Annual
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival
Wednesday - Sunday
Feb-4-2015 - Feb-8-2015
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Friday - Saturday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-07-2015
 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Winter Blues
Friday - Saturday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-07-2015
Lapeer, Michigan, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Friday - Sunday
Feb-06-2015 - Feb-08-2015
 Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville
Pennsylvania, USA
Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival
Saturday - Sunday
Feb-14-2015 - Feb-15-2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Tuesday - Saturday
Feb-17-2015 - Feb-21-2015
Miami, Key West, Nassau/Bahamas, Bahamas
River City Blues Competition
Friday - Saturday
Feb-20-2015 - Feb-21-2015, Marietta, Ohio, USA
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